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'Victory Rally' To Celebrate Boeing Tanker Win

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - It's a day of celebration and pride at the Boeing plant in Everett, after the company won the $35 billion Air Force contract for a new aerial tanker fleet.

Hundreds of workers gathered Friday on the floor where Boeing builds its 767 jetliners _ the same plane that the new tankers will be based on. Company officials, union leaders and politicians shook their hands and slapped their backs. Many of the workers wore their
safety goggles and headsets, stood on equipment lifts to get better
views, and waved towels that said "767."

Workers shouted "thank you" and "my children thank you" to Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers who pushed for Boeing to land the contract. The deal is expected to create about 11,000 jobs in Washington state.

   

 

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